Live the Joke

by tully
September 4, 2008 3:23 AM
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This is why I didn't want to watch either convention. The thought that people might be falling for this preposterousness is easy to laugh off in theory, but when you witness it firsthand it becomes more troubling than the promise of an impending natural disaster. I'm frightened for the world right now. I can only hope that President Obama is able to brush off these arrogant attacks without succumbing to them. Either way, his opponents will condemn him: if he rises to their insidious tactics, they will point out his cruel negativity; if he ignores them, they will say that he is remaining silent because he knows they are right. But the fact remains:

None of this cleverly written playground jabbing has anything to do with the task at hand.

The Republicans have found their groove once again and it is actually turning me into an angry person, something that I don't want to be. How they manage to make their families seem more "good" and "decent" than those on the other side makes me want to scream. This is the ultimate act of arrogance and it exposes humanity at its most insecure and evil. I am a child of extreme Republicans. I am friends with extreme non-Republicans. I don't consider myself either. I have lived with both and worked with both and existed as an individual who works very hard not to place a wall between these two artificially constructed political parties that don't appear to me—at this stage, anyway—to be much different from each other. I hate an arrogant Democrat as much as I hate an arrogant Republican. But what I will not stand for is a machine that consciously manipulates and brainwashes and uses negativity as its primary—and in this case, only—plan for victory.

I worry that Vice President Biden will not be able to bite his lip and will lash out at Mrs. Palin during one of the debates, providing more fuel for the Republicans fodder and creating a further rift. While the days of taking it are over—for what noble individual would allow that to happen?—Vice President Biden needs to be careful. The more angry and personal he becomes, the more successful his opponents will be. That's a fucking fact.

I refuse to watch or read anything from this point forth, for it accomplishes nothing. Every single article has a slant. "Sarah Palin has never left the country!" "Obama is a community organizer, not a politician!" "John McCain has had cancer eighty-six times!" "Joe Biden hates people from India!" "Sarah Palin is forcing her underage daughter to have a baby and get married!" "Barack Obama smokes cigarettes!"

If anyone has a link to objective, un-slanted reporting about the election, I'd be happy to read it. Please link to it at the bottom of this post. Otherwise, I'm tuning out. I know who I'm voting for.

An Aspiring Talk Show Host

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  • David Lowery | September 7, 2008 1:00 AMReply

    If McCain / Palin wins, I'm having an abortion in protest.

  • Mark Rabinowitz | September 5, 2008 7:01 AMReply

    Andrew, I was not dumbfounded by the reaction to Palin's speech. It was a great speech. She went in there a nobody and nailed it. Does the fact that she lied her way through it, insulting community organizers, women and 55% of the country? Nope. She still delivered a good speech. The fact that it made us trow up in our mouths doesn't matter.

  • michael Lieberman | September 5, 2008 4:23 AMReply

    You hit the nail on the head, Michael, about the reality tv aspect of this entire mess.

    I really liked what you said a few posts back: if you limit all details and policies to 60 minutes, all of this would be unnecessary. The press, however, has nothing better to do and little to cover in these awful times.

  • Filmbrain | September 4, 2008 9:59 AMReply

    I'm with you on this one Michael.

    I watched Palin's speech last night, and I was dumbfounded how the so-called "left-wing media" went on and on about how brilliant she was.

    Less than 1% of her speech was actually about, you know, issues, or policy. It was simply endless bashing of (and mis-truths about) Obama. I guess this is what passes as political discourse these days. Fucking pathetic.

    Like you, I'm tuning out until after the election.

  • tully | September 4, 2008 9:46 AMReply

    oh, i find the not traveling abroad relevant, Michael. so relevant that Mrs. Palin's speech felt more like i was watching a new game show called "Making a Vice President!" and not a genuine American political convention. i think everyone's been watching too much "American Idol," because that's how it came off to me. i just feel like in the context of this idiotic back-and-forth that these contests always devolve into, it's hard for me to take any of it seriously. this, my friends, is why i stopped participating in competitive sports.

    as for you, Mark, don't worry. i will show my support in a humane, positive, thoughtful manner. i just had to let off some steam...

  • Mark Rabinowitz | September 4, 2008 5:56 AMReply

    Mike, I disagree with some of your post (natch!) and don't think you should tune out. Bias, in and of itself, in not wrong. Fact and opinion are not mutually exclusive. The DNC was an extraordinary show of a large group of people trying to get our country back up on its feet and was inspiring and moving. Seeing a black family on that stage after Obama's speech was one of the most moving moments of my life.

    As for tuning out, don't. You're smart and perceptive. You know the issues, pay attention and do your part to get Obama and Biden ellected!

  • Michael Lieberman | September 4, 2008 5:42 AMReply

    I agree with just about everything you said Mike, except not finding the fact that Palin never traveled abroad relevant.

    I know Palin is young, but for a statesperson to understand the desires and problems of the world, what can she bring to the table in Russia, China, or India? In addition to not traveling abroad, she has never spoken of foreign policy issues or mentioned the global economy once aside from last night. It's always been Alaska first, America second.

    I may not have traveled abroad much, and the rich kid who goes five times may not have much to say about foreign issues, but this is the vice presidency.

    She'd be a knockout talk show host though.