Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Turn it on, Turn it on again...

Or maybe off. I'm not a lot of fun to watch T.V. with. I'm the first to admit that, and I think my husband would agree. You see, I argue with people on television, and tonight, I've been at my worst.

Right now, the Republicans are waging war in a televised debate, giving their basic take on the state of the nation. If I was playing the Republican Debate drinking game at home, I'd be incredibly drunk right now, because "Reagan" has been said at least fourteen times.

I don't like being this way, really. But it's just not my fault that every time Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee claimed that the US was different because it values every American life, I couldn't help adding "Unless you're on death row in Arkansas." And it's also not my fault that I thought Mitt Romney looked like a Ken doll. Or that every time I looked at Rudolph Giuliani, I kept thinking about how he kicked his wife out of the mayoral mansion so he could sleep with his assistant. Or that I think Sen. McCain may have the American flag tattooed on his ass. I asked my husband who some of the other candidates were (there had to have been 13 people up on that stage) and he said "Well, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Grumpy..."

I couldn't take it anymore. I had to leave. Watching the debate violated my "no blood pressure raising television too close to bed-time" rule. And so, I'm sitting here writing, and feeling a little guilty.

I feel guilty, because this blog was not going to have political rants, and I feel bad that I had to get this off my chest. I'm not fond of most of the Democrats either, and I feel guilty that at times like this, I'm glad I can't vote, because I can't think of someone I'd actually want to vote for. And then I get angry with myself, because voting is one of the most important things you can do as a citizen. Despite what the cynics say, it really is your greatest power. I suppose the biggest problem is right now, that the only people we have to vote for are politicians.

The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.- Mark Twain in Eruption

15 comments:

Gurnal said...

One quick question...and then I have a follow-up.
First....who the hell are Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo anyway?
Second...Until Fred Thompson swoops in and tells them all to "Shut the hell up!" in his Tennessee twang, then the game hasn't started.

taqdeer said...

lol @ "Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Grumpy..."

I have also found that when I try to figure out why politicians operate how they operate, I either end up shaking my head, rolling my eyes or rolling my eyes and then laughing.

I like your line reading that unfortunately the only people one can vote for, are politicians :)

hehe, people are funny :)

taqdeer said...

ps: I just fed Boris 7 flies, lol, you can hear him chomping them..

..like prawn & grits ;)

Jen said...

For those unaware (I'm pretty sure Gurnal is being sarcastic) Ron Paul is a libertarian congressman from Texas, and also running for president. I'm guessing he was debating the repubs because the libertarians aren't holding any debates this year. *grin*

And Tom Tancredo, I had to google this, is a repbulican congressman from Colorado, whose platform is immigration reform (at least, that's what he says).

And every time I look at Fred Thompson, I hear the "doink-doink" from Law and Order. We've already had a republican actor for president, I'm not sure we need another one.

And taqdeer, Boris says thanks for the flies ;-)

auntie barbie said...

You come by this trait honestly. No one in our family can watch any kind of TV program without adding their two cents. I feel for Ray.

DaydreamSupercollider said...

Hi Jen...US politics, not my favorite topic, but I understand you. I'll bet you miss the more mundane political landscape of Canada... (even if Canadian politics is obnoxious in it's own signature way)?

Jen said...

Oh, and for clarification, Ron Paul is registered as a republican. I guess he just has Libertarian leanings.

And I think Ray (my husband, for y'all playing along at home) deals with my foibles well. He usually just shakes his head quietly.

Jen said...

Hi daydreamsupercollider,

Canadian politics is a brand of weird unto itself, I think. I'm actually acquainted with an MP from the Pickering area ( a Liberal), and I love reading his stories about committee meetings gone beserk. Watching Parliament is also generally more entertaining than watching Congress, but only because of the jeering. ;-)

Saphyre Rose said...

Ron Paul is a libertarian.
I used to be a Republican and I can never be a Democrat..I just want government the hell out of my life...Hence Libertarian.

I would love to see Ron Paul win. Basic liberties would be given back to the American people and the "Patriot" Act would be abolished.

It is unfortunate that Mr Paul will never get elected, he does not have the money to compete, plus the American people are scared shitless of a third party candidate...it makes them stop and think for themselves.

Jen said...

http://www.ronpaul2008.com/

His website lists him as a Republican, and so does the House of Representatives. I think third party candidates are great, for the reason you stated. My only problem with Mr. Paul last night was his continual bashing of Bush, without a clear picture of what he planned to do. His website is a little more clear.

Thanks for commenting, as always, Saphyre Rose, I like differing opinions!

J~

Tracey said...

OMG, playing the Republican drinking game...I think I'm in love! LOL.

Jen said...

Holy Cow, is that the freakin' Stanley Cup in your picture Tracey? I'm Canadian, and I've never held the thing. Of course, I'm from Toronto, so that might explain why....

Tracey said...

Yes it is Lord Stanley himself. My husband works for the TB Lightning, and that was from "our day" with it. Crazy, amazing stories there...

Sorry about the Ottawa loss last night, too.

Jen said...

Tracey, that's interesting, because a friend of mine does work for the Lightning as well. What a small world! As for the Sens, at least a Canadian team was in the running. As a girl from Toronto, I'm supposed to hate Ottawa, but it just wasn't in me this year...

Tracey said...

Cool! Email me the name sometime--I bet we know each other!

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