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November 3rd, 2008 (11:44 am)

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...*


Posted by: sthomson06 (sthomson06)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Zen mastery

Psst... saw this link on Shapely Prose - I "threw away" my vote too! There's a pair of us, although here in the Lone Star State I had to write in her name and I triple-checked that it was spelled correctly. But I still feel a weird sense of anticipation about this election. It's not for Obama per se - it's for Prop. 8 in California, and my own local elections. It's about living in a country where people have hope for a brighter future, although that sounds a bit Pollyanna-ish.

Posted by: Crazy Woman on a Rampage (mrsnoname1999)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Zen mastery

Considering the way things are right now, at this very moment?

That doesn't sound Pollyanna-ish AT ALL to me.

Posted by: sugar_for_sugar (sugar_for_sugar)
Posted at: November 4th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Zen mastery

Yay! :) I'm actually really elated to hear that. I thought I was all alone.

As for prop 8, I wish California the strength to do what's right for the people in their community, ALL of them, even if, heaven forbid, some of them live in a way that others don't agree with. Someday, the haters will understand what it is to have the the tables turned, and when that time comes I don't envy the regret they'll feel.

I was excited to vote for legislation in favor of stem cell research here in MI! Now THERE is something I can get behind.

As for Pollyanna, please do me a favor and 1) never make an apology for having an optimistic viewpoint on something just because "crusty cynic" is the current default "cool" setting in our country (rant concerning that later). 2) understand that if Pollyanna was running, I'D FREAKIN VOTE FOR HER.

Posted by: Crazy Woman on a Rampage (mrsnoname1999)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)

Oh man, that last line cracked me right up!

You already know MY personal take on the whole election thing, so I won't regurgitate it here.

But I'm totally supportive of you having unorthodox and irreverent views. Rock on, hun! ;)

Posted by: sugar_for_sugar (sugar_for_sugar)
Posted at: November 4th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)

Thanks, Suzi Homemaker. :) More like Suzi: the Freshmaker! (I guess implying you taste minty? I dunno where I was going with that...)

Seriously though, thanks. I rock so hard mostly because through my life, I've been blessed with a lot of really awesome people-- like you! :D


Posted by: No (iideliishii)
Posted at: November 4th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)

I understand the feeling, and I have a lot of respect for the way you feel and the decision that you're making, even though my own personal decision and involvement in this election is very different. If you don't think either of the major party candidates is a good choice, supporting a third party candidate is the way to go. We do need more choices, and the only way to legitimize third parties is to vote for the candidates. We also need to change the way representation works in this country. I made a similar decision in 2000 -- I voted for Nader, and even though I voted in CA (which went Gore), I took a lot of shit for it (including a housemate who scowled at me for forever afterward and went out of his way to bitch about "Nader Supporters" in front of me). I'm still a registered member of the Pacific Green Party, because they resonate with me more than the Democrats do overall, and I vote for them (or other similar third parties, like Working Families) in elections when I feel I can.

That said, I've been involved in this election (campaign volunteering and what not) for the Democrats, and Obama, while not without his faults, really strikes a cord with me as providing something this country needs right now. And I AM genuinely scared, especially after everything Naomi Wolf has brought to light over the past year or so, that we would have even more rights taken away under a McCain administration. I don't think it would be as bad as she paints it, and I do think there is a danger of losing rights to ANYONE with too much power, even Obama, but there is a genuine fear there.

So yeah. I'm glad you're making your voice heard, being an active participant in our society, and making the decision that you feel is right.

Posted by: sugar_for_sugar (sugar_for_sugar)
Posted at: November 4th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for that.

Honestly, I think the Democrats and the Republicans want good things for the country, and I truly believe that most people would not directly choose to harm someone if they could see the suffering it would cause, so I'm in a minority of political rebels in that I don't automatically mentally add devil horns when I see a politician on TV or whatever. I am tempted sometimes, and certainly there are some of them I'd openly scoff at if I met them in person, but they're still just humans doin' what they gotta do.

My problem is that I feel like they've really lost sight of what that means and how to get there, and I think we're ready for the next stage of social evolution to begin. It's time. We are always moving up and out, and it's scary and it's a pain in the ass, and while it happens there will always be those who say the changes are for the worse and whine about the decline of family values bla bla bla. BUT SUCH IS THE FLOW OF THINGS. That's how existence works. We cannot stagnate or we will perish.

Life is like... life is just like a game of classic Mario Bros!!! No, seriously, bear with me here. The screen. The world moves. Even when you're standing completely still, the world is always moving. And if you just stand there, it catches you up, and swallows you, and it's game over. You have to keep going forward.

As for fear? FUCK IT. I still say and I'll always say it's the cheap way out for politicians, a lowest common denominator sort of way to sway the masses. I refuse to allow a moment's swing in my absolute faith in Good Always Winning. Maybe not in one single election. Maybe not even an important war. But overall? Heart always comes out on top. Which is why that kid with the accent was the BEST damn character on Captain Planet, I mean I don't care WHO you are, that kid ROCKED. Seriously.

Whew! Whatta trip. I can see now why the bigwigs like this so much. Sorry, I had to try this thing out. *steps off rental soapbox, puts away microphones* You know... in honor of election day. ;)

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