Monday, August 25, 2008

Remind me why we should care?

I don't think the Democratic Convention has mattered since 1988 when Jesse Jackson handed his delegates to Michael Dukakis. Now it's just a bunch of back patting and well, snarkier terms for back patting. I wasn't an Obama fan to begin with, but I'm so disgusted now that I'm ready to vote for Donald Duck. How exactly does the "Candidate of Change" pick a 6-term Senator? When I told Chris that Biden was the chosen one, he looked at me and said "The one with the plagarism scandal???" Yeah, turns out that's why he dropped out of the 1988 race. Great.

Whatever. I can't believe I'm one of the disaffected that I used to pity. Washington's all wrapped up. I'll vote, but I'll wonder why. Here's to four more years. I'm not sure it'll be all that different regardless of who wins.

Update: I hope you all know that I LOATHE anonymous commenters. If you're gonna comment, attribute it. I care. I'm not dumb enough to base my opinions on media sound bites, thanks.

My point stands about the convention. It serves no purpose except to spend a lot of Denver's money and bore the crap out of the majority of the electorate. It used to be about choosing a candidate. He was "chosen" months ago. Don't even get me started about the bullshit that preceded the announcement of Biden. Those that haven't chosen will not be swayed by the convention. They won't chose for a while. They won't be swayed by the convention.

I can't imagine voting for McCain, and even if I did, it wouldn't matter here in Washington because of the Electoral College. The folks I know that are voting for McCain in other states? Trust me, a gun to their head wouldn't get them voting for Obama. And at least one of them knows 37 ways to kill me with a rubber band and a paper clip. The paper clip is only necessary if he's feeling lazy.

I'm not disaffected because I'm listening to the media, thanks. Intelligent, informed, caring people can give up because there doesn't seem to be a point any more at a national level. That doesn't mean there aren't other ways to make a difference, but if you expected this to be an exhaustive dissertaion on political participation, you're obviously not paying attention.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Apathy and fear are the two reasons we are where we are today. If you want change, get involved. If you want more of the same....vote Republican. Look at the whole picture not just soundbites and what the media feeds you.

Neil said...

Phil, is that you?

Mindy said...

I watched just a little of the convention the other night and it turned my stomach. It was just too "rah-rah" for my taste. I like Obama, generally, but I do worry a little about his lack of experience. To me, this is more about not voting for McCain. I won't go into detail, but I have a lot of issues with him. Yes, he was a POW and I respect that, but that has nothing to do with him being President and I don't like his politics.

As a childfree white woman in a 9-year relationship with a black man, I feel marginalized no matter who gets into office. These days, if you don't have kids nobody gives a darn about you. Maybe it's always been that way, but I really feel it lately.

Thomas Joseph said...

I'm with you. I feel that with either candidate we'll simply get "more of the same".