So I herd u lyke elekshuns.
current mood: annoyed
Didn't think I wanted to get into it about the election again, but it got mentioned at Shapely Prose and darned if I wasn't ready to rant about politics again. :P
To start, I did finally decide to vote. I'm voting Green Party, as I did before and will do again until somebody somewhere runs who has something to say that doesn't make me wanna kick them in the damn teeth. So how do I process the "anticipation" (if you can call it that) about the upcoming polldance?
Knowing your candidate won't win gives one a certain level of Zen mastery when it comes to election day. The outcome of the election means one thing to me: everyone who's been annoying me shuts the crap up about it, the country gets back to some semblance of normal and A-FRIGGIN-MEN to that. I can go back to doing the best thing a person such as myself can possibly do for this country's legislation, which is more or less ignoring it unless I need to write a letter or sign a petition or something. (I care more about what happens locally than what happens nationally...)
I'm going to go to the polls. I'm going to do my best to ignore any talk about how terrified everyone is that the world is going to end if the other party gets in (oh puh-lease), I'm "throwing my vote away" and PROUD to give it to someone who doesn't suck quite as hard, then I'm going home, and I'm going to do my level best to get drunk for the first time in my life, if it's possible to get drunk off flavored liqueur in coffee (considering my low tolerance it just might be). I'll need it, because my parents will spend the rest of the night wringing their hands and yammering about how Obama will ruin the whole nation if he gets in, and how a full half of everyone's paycheck will go to supporting drug dealers in a lifestyle of laziness and crime, and we'll get killed by terrorists besides, and how terrified they are. It will take every ounce I contain just to bite my lip during the whole mess, so perhaps if I'm passed out or busy puking I won't need to worry about it.
Despite the cynical tone, however, I actually remain hopeful about this whole thing, and I'll tell you why. This stupid election has damn near shook up every person in the country. The time is now ripe. Maybe somewhere, someone will finally, finally realize that the two party system in the US is losing its usefulness for our much bigger and much more complex world, and now perhaps we'll understand the absolute vitality of a VALID THIRD PARTY.
Democrats and Republicans are more worried about stabbing the other party than oh, trivial things like say, running the country, so it's time someone who remembers what America is really supposed to be about steps up to the plate and rises above the bitching. Well, nobody is above the bitching, we're not evolved enough for that yet so it's too much to hope for, but at least if we could get somebody who cares more about what they're going to do than "omg teh othar partay iz so baaaaaaaad," and then maybe they'll accomplish something other than some national shame or crisis, which is all the current parties seem willing or able to do anymore.
If I had my way, we wouldn't have debates, we'd have actual discussions, and rule one would be that you absolutely can disagree, but we do NOT say the other party is "wrong," unless they're telling you two plus two is five, opinions and differences in how you want something done by definition cannot be "wrong," and rule number two is that if you don't have anything nice to say, shut the fuck up and let the grownups talk, and by the way nobody gives a fuck whether the other guy smoked pot in high school or whatever.
Anyway. So that's my party line, nyuck nyuck.
This is why it's really hard for anyone like me to talk politics outside of the internets. I've yet to meet a person in person who agrees with my highly unorthodox and mostly irreverent views.
Happy Voting, all. *raises coffee cup, pinky up... oh wait, that's not my pinky...*