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“People Are Too Dumb To Pick Their Own Leaders”

My favorite, and probably truest, Fark.com headline.

Note:  What’s with Erica getting so political all of the sudden?  Could it be part of her restyle?

Anyway, if you’ll remember awhile back, I was all anti-politics and anti-voting.  And there was a good reason:  because I am not informed enough to vote, and I don’t care enough to be informed.

I have no interest in voting because I do not want to devote the time to learning about all of the issues and all of the politicians’ stances.  Plus, well, I just think the whole thing is corrupt.  But then I see the headline above and I start to read through the article (and even though it’s from The Daily Mail), I find some truth in it.

The majority of Americans are too dumb to pick a leader.  Too dumb in the fact that they are like me and do not want to do the research.  I mean, when I found Roseanne was running for President, I wanted to vote for her just because she’s Roseanne.  Which leads me back to the point I made in this post:  because leaders are only in office for 4 years, we don’t put too much precedence on throwing them in there.

Maybe we all ought to care a little more (myself included).  Maybe we will now that we’re ticked off at gas prices. 😉

NOTE:  I have been informed that the President has nothing to do with gas prices.  This explains my earlier statements in the post:  I am dumb.  Thanks, David!  You’re lucky I still like you.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Daily Happenings

 

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What Happened to American Pride?

When was the last time that Americans stood united?  And I mean for an elongated period of time, without a tragedy to prompt it.

I know you already think I’m going to turn this into some right-winged country song–but I’m not.

Don’t get me wrong–I’m sure we all felt a lot more American and a lot more united after 9/11.  Who wouldn’t?  And 10 years later, we had this:

But why should we only unite over tragedy?  I just feel like it’s been a long time since we’ve all simply felt proud to be Americans.  And I know that Americans get a bad rap, and that we’re terribly ignorant tourists who wear fanny packs and complain about our first world problems.  I’m not saying we’re perfect, particularly to the outside eye, but when did we lose pride just being American?

The last time that I recall was the 1990’s.  Maybe it’s because I was a kid not facing adult issues, but weren’t we all proud of where we lived, where we worked, what we did?  And before that, the 1950’s when folks were proud of the lives they lead.  The times were great–kids got to be kids, people took pride in their homes and their jobs, and they were truly enjoying the times.  Everyone was united and proud to be American.  But the 1950’s came right after a war…and the 1990’s?  Do we count Desert Storm?

I think part of the problem is this:  People are too focused on celebrating their individualism and accentuating their differences that they’ve forgotten that they are a part of something bigger.  

I’m sure that some of you don’t actually think I believe this, but I do appreciate individualism, and I do think it should be celebrated.  I’m not sure if there’s really anything we can do about it.  Maybe we only feel that pride when something goes really great for the USA, or when something bad happens to the USA.

I don’t know.  I just think this whole country would be stronger and happier if we realized that we’re a part of something bigger and if we quit focusing so much on being different from one another.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Daily Happenings

 

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Roseanne for President (?) (!) (?)

…I’m conflicted.  Seriously conflicted.  Because Roseanne is legitimately running for POTUS for the Green Party.  Now you all know how much I love Roseanne.  She rocks my world.  But as President of the United States?  I’ll say it again:  I’m conflicted.

Now I don’t like politics, and I don’t like talking about them, but I think this is something that is worth talking about.  I don’t particularly blame any president for anything, and I don’t not blame them either because I don’t vote and when I relinquished my right to vote, I also relinquished my right to complain.

But in a rare moment, I will tell you why I think this whole presidential thing isn’t going to work…regardless of who is in the White House.  I don’t think that terms should only be 4 years long.  I don’t think that people should be limited to serving only 2 terms.

There are 3 reasons for this:

  1. If terms were longer and unlimited, people would have to think harder about who they were electing.
  2. People would also not vote on whims because they know that if someone doesn’t end up meeting their standards, they can vote someone new in in just a few years.
  3. And the big one is this:  Our presidents would have more time to accomplish their goals, to see long-range results, and to put the country in a better place.

No one can accomplish anything in 4 years, or even 8 years.  In order to make changes, you have to have people in the White House who believe the same thing and to carry on with the same plans.  But each new person has his (or I guess “her” someday) own agenda and their own dreams about how they can fix things, and then when their term is up, those dreams are dropped for the next new thing.

I love democracy, and I love the idea of a monarchy.  It’s like a long-standing business–a government built on values that are held in place for more than 4 years, and most likely carried on by family members.

Unfortunately, America doesn’t have a family that I would trust to run this joint.  Our celebrities are our royalty, and those people are hardly fit for ruling.

So about Roseanne running for President…I’m still conflicted.  I like her ideas, and I think that with some persuasion, I could be re-registering to vote here soon.  But I also fear how anti-now she is about everything.

But then I think (like the typical American), “What harm could she do? I mean, if she’s elected, she’ll be out in 4 years anyway.”  Maybe we need a radical change.  Maybe we don’t.

Until I register to vote, though, I’ll shut up and get my ass back to the kitchen.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Daily Happenings

 

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Why I Don’t Vote – On This Day in 1920…

Women were granted the right to vote.   I’m about to lose about half or more of my followers on this, but I do not vote.

Why?

Plenty of reasons:

  1. I hate politics.  I know I am affected by them, but I do not want to think about it.
  2. None of the issues seem to directly affect me.  Say you’re going to take my student loans away and I’ll vote for you.
  3. I think it is utterly boring to read about what all of the politicians have to say.
  4. They come on during my favorite shows.
  5. The entire country gets all flustered when it comes time to do this whole voting thing.
  6. People turn against each other.
  7. We have to define ourselves to a political party.
  8. And when it comes down to it, our votes don’t make that much of a difference anyway.  Electoral College what?

And the #1 reason I don’t vote is very practical:  If I do not care enough to be informed, then I cannot make an informed decision, and if, in a rare instance my vote actually counts for something, I may not make the best choice.

So I’m doing you all a favor.  Your welcome.

 

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Domesticity

 

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