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Scandals and Politics

Here’s a note from a truly jaded and disinterested voter.

Just another sex scandal. Ho-Hum.

In the last few years we’ve had more than the usual number of sex scandals going on, from sexting to congressional pages to illegitimate children and beyond. And as always, the spin doctors are out in full force acting like somebody’s Victorian maiden Aunt, which means that the Republicans and the Teabag—er, Tea party members are doing their usual song and dance of “ooh, look at the bad, bad Democrat!”

Yeah, right. It’s all pot and kettle, as far as I’m concerned. We’ve heard it all before. The last time somebody tried this, Bill Clinton got another term.

Do you have any idea of how utterly bored we are with continuous scandals? I’m starting to think that even rock stars behave better than professional politicians. It’s all pretty routine, after all.

Democrats are always accused of sex scandals. That’s the way it is. I’m not sure if that means that they are having more sex than the Republicans or if they are just not as good at hiding it. Somehow I have the feeling it is probably both. From the last few scandals, I can say that at least they pay their child support, even if they have to use campaign funds to do it.

Republicans are generally accused of misappropriation of funds or cronyism, insider trading, or something of that nature. They seem to like their stuff rather than sex. They do seem better at wiggling out of it, however. The fact that a lot of Goldman Sachs officers are now working for the Federal Government shouldn’t be a source of concern, should it?

Scandals. Politicians have been creating them, using them and hiding them for as long as politics has been going on. We, the voters, no longer care. I am not so naïve as to believe that my elected representatives are pure as the driven snow. However, there is a limit to my patience and it has been reached. So listen up, ALL of you:

Knock it off and get some work done, damn it!

I don’t care if you are Republican, Democrat, Tea Party, Libertarian or a cross-eyed Jedi. Stop acting like college students at a kegger, for God’s sake. Get your sticky hands out of the cookie jar, it’s empty. Settle down and figure out how to get us out of this hole you’ve dug us into or you can go out and get a real job just like the rest of us!

Professional Politicians don’t seem to be getting the job done at all. Maybe we need to do something both drastic and sensible, like setting term limits for them? After all, we do it for the Presidency, maybe it’s time the Senate and House had to deal with the same limits on their power.

Sounds good to me.

Rev. Zita

Note from Rev. Kelly: If politicians stopped worrying about what happens behind closed doors and started worrying about the condition the country was in, we might see our economy turn around. Instead they are trying to keep us distracted with bullshit.

Election 2010….I can’t wait for November 2nd to be OVER!

To start with, I am not going to tell you who to vote for, I am not promoting one candidate over another; this isn’t that type of blog or that kind of space. And to be honest, I am not sure where you are from, but we are in central Wisconsin and the election here has gotten dirty and nasty and frankly I am sick and tired of it.

I am usually a rabid voter, and I have an opinion on everything, which should be no surprise to any of you out there, but this election I am just confused and disappointed in all the candidates available. There used to be a time when (and it wasn’t that long ago) a candidate put out there what they stood for, what they wanted to accomplish in office and how they planned on doing it. All sides would put out letters, commercials, and what not to show this (in addition to the normal mud slinging). From there you could decide if the candidate deserved your support or not. Not this year.

Frankly, here we are the day before we vote and I have no clue who I am voting for. That has never happened, with the exception of my first election when I was 18 and indecisive. I have no idea who stands for what, other than they are not in support of the other person on the ticket. I already know that you are against the other person and their party and what they stand for, but what is that? What is it that you stand for? Anything is better than what is out there now.

Like the race for governor….the Republican candidate says that the Democrat did such and so, and therefore we should vote Republican and the Dems say the opposite. The Green Party says they have a candidate but I have no clue about them either…

And that is like that for every race. What are these parties trying to do to us. Turn the general public away from voting? It is bad enough that most people are apathetic at best about their right to vote. We don’t need to turn people off to voting but to get them more involved. But with these campaigns, we are not going to do it.

Normally, I would tell you to look at the candidates and the issues and decide from there who really stands for your best interests, but at this point, I can’t figure out who stands for anything.

Maybe I should just write myself in for every position. It isn’t like I would seriously win or even come close…

Anyone out there running a write in campaign that is understandable and not just “against” someone else? If you are please let me know and you will have my vote, because at least you stand for something, at this point anything.

Let’s get political…for just a moment

Lately I have dreaded opening my email, which is generally a source of fun and enjoyment for me. I love emailing my friends, family, and all the people that have come to HM to either participate with our discussion group or come to us to be married their way. It is just nice to be able to stay in touch so quickly and easily. But as the November 2010 elections draw near, I hate finding my inbox littered with intolerance, elitism, and entitlement.

I am sure that many of you, if not all of you, have received these emails that say:
Boarders, closed
Language, English
Culture, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Bible.
“We the people are coming” along with change (or other similar lines) and then moves on to trigger our National pride with the Pledge of Allegiance and the motto on our money (hint: In God We Trust).

I am sorry but this email is not in the American spirit, at least not the America I grew up in, not the America I learned about in history class, and not the America I want to live in either.

Borders closed? Which borders? Canada? Mexico? Maybe Florida since their population is made up of a significant portion of Cuban born people. What about being the country that will shelter the oppressed from political and religious persecution? When did we become so selfish?

Language English? Yes a majority of us speak English and only English, and yes I agree it is annoying to push 1 or any other number for an English speaking representative. Our forefathers didn’t have an official language because locally, each community spoke the language of those who settled there. German communities spoke German, Polish spoke Polish, Spanish spoke Spanish, and French…you get the point. English was a common language that most spoke because of the English military presence around the world. Additionally, choosing an official language will discriminate against those who do not speak it, and I bet that most of us can find an immigrant or two in our past who didn’t speak a lick of English and were welcomed here with open arms.

And, there is the little fact that most of our customer service and tech support is overseas, where they deal with almost all spoken languages, so pushing one for English and two for other is just how they route it. For those who are still based in America, our fastest growing demographic is our Hispanic population and from a business perspective, it makes more sense to cater to those who speak Spanish rather than ignore them (fast forward to being creative and ingenious).

And the Bible? Again, no religious text ever came directly from heaven, Deity, or any place else but through a human hand.Therefore it is imperfect and not to be used as a political guide. Not that our politicians are doing any better, but America was founded on religious freedom, and that means if we are to use the Bible to base secular law on, we should use the Koran, the Vedas, and every other scripture out there to be fair. I think I will stick to the principles of separation of church and state (and yes, I know it is not in the Constitution, but many of our laws are based upon the theory).

About the only thing I can agree with is that We the People are coming, and we do vote. But we should not rely on politicians to solve our economy and other problems; our ancestors didn’t. We have to relearn to rely upon ourselves to fix our problems. Learn how to create money ourselves, and forget the promises of those in office. They made this mess to begin with, they haven’t figured out how to fix it, so we have to through the original American spirit: Hard Work, Creativity and Ingenuity,  Dedication to Family, Supporting, Loving, and Helping our Neighbors. That is the America that will build a future for us, our children, and our grandchildren.

And stop sending me those irritating emails. I just end up sending cranky responses to them. Thank you.