politics & singledom.

Do you know what I want? I want butterflies. I want to get excited about seeing my crush’s name pop up on my caller ID. I want to actually want to spend time talking on the phone. I hate the fact that it feels like a chore.

I know it’s because I haven’t met the right person. It’s not like I even want to meet the ‘right’ person right now. I just want to have a crush. I want that excitable ‘oh my gulay, does-he-like-me, does-he-not-like-me’ type of feeling. I’ve felt that maybe twice since high school … and I wasn’t then, nor am I now going to delve into thoughts about those crushes. They were inconvenient and impossible—and therefore easy to ignore.

I actually joined a dating site on one of my lonely-mopey days (everyone has them, but don’t worry, I promise I’m a happy camper 99.9% of the time). It’s been pretty legit so far and I’ve gone on a couple of dates but none of the guys have made me want to jump up and down in excitement (& I’m a pretty excitable person), nor have any of them given me the urge to put in some extra effort (bad sign, right?). The site is also pretty driven towards ‘commitment’—a word I prefer to run away from—so maybe signing up for it was a bad idea. Ah well, c’est la vie, my subscription ends in 5 days time anyway.

On a completely unrelated, yet important note, I am very apprehensive of the upcoming election. The idea that yet another idiot has a chance to run this country for the next four years (along with an even bigger idiot directly under him) makes me want to scream in frustration. America, seriously? Can we please stop being the country that the entire world hates?

I love America—as an immigrant, I fully appreciate the freedoms and luxuries I have in this country, and I want the rest of the world to see and appreciate that, too. I truly believe that Obama may be what we need to correct or at least lessen the negative view the rest of the world has for America.

Unfortunately, the McCain campaign has continuously kept up the trash talk which in turn has hurt Obama’s campaign making this race a lot closer than I expected. And regardless of what people say, race is an issue in this election—I’d like to believe that we’ve progressed enough for that to not be true, but I don’t think we have. America: wake up, check the facts and open your eyes.

I’m a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight…

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you are ‘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, and you’re a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard Law School and you are unstable.
Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating and 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, 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.

…OK, much clearer now.

3 thoughts on “politics & singledom.

  1. I totally agree with this. I’ve actually found it quite difficult voicing my opinion with this election. I do wish that race wasn’t a factor but it is. And during the debate, it made me sick the way McCain used words to make Obama seem ignorant or unaware of certain political terms, policies and procedures. I’ve seen so much in this election that made me favor Obama’s character and despise McCain’s. I now see him as not having a soul for some of the things his campaign has done!

    I am an amateur when it comes to politics but this election and semester brought out my interests to learn more and pursue a career in Political Science. I want to write about it someday as well.

    I would also like to say that your thoughts are very sound. I wish more people thought like that. It’s like people only scratch the surface of some of the McCain nonsense and soak the majority of it in as truth. I’ve heard so many lies and have read so many things about his terms as a Senator that lets me know he’s not going to move our country towards a positive change that we so desperately need! I do believe Obama do. If anyone says that he can’t or lacks the knowledge to do so are idiots because if he doesn’t, McCain and Palin—the lipsticked idiot—surely does not. To believe that those two do is an insult to all of America. All of the lies will come out if he’s elected and we’ll be in another depression…

  2. Thank you Nicole, but if you’re referring to the blockquoted text, those words aren’t mine. It was sent in a forwarded e-mail to me, so I don’t know who the original author is.

    But as for choosing a career in Political Science, good for you! I have a few friends with that same interest, so if you’d like some more information, feel free to ask and I’ll send your questions their way.

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