Friday, May 20, 2011

Words, Words, Words about Politics

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies." --Anonymous

“The trouble with organizing a thing is that pretty soon folks get to paying more attention to the organization than to what they're organized for.” --Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves."
--Larry McMurtry

Can you tell I'm feeling particularly cynical about politics today? It's all because I read something on the Lowering the Bar blog that reminded me that next year is an election year. (Yes, I've been ignoring the news lately. You caught me. I didn't even know that the world is going to end on Saturday until a friend posted about it on FB....)

I simply don't know if I have the energy to hope beyond hope that a) I'll be voting for someone with whom I agree rather than against someone with whom I don't, and b) I'll have a relatively easy time agreeing with someone.

And is there any way we can fire the Donald before he runs? Please, someone, tell me he has pulled out. I can't bear the thought of living in a country with a president who wears such an appallingly bad rug.


Okay, yes, I'm framing the election in a negative way. Bad Susan. Instead, I should be grateful for living in a country that doesn't censor my internet, that is carefully engineered to allow me to express myself in whatever way I want without fear or oppression, that (with the exception of the TSA) allows me my dignity, freedom, and pursuit of happiness on a daily basis, and that has a Starbucks on every corner to allow my pursuit of happiness to be happily caffeinated.

There. I'm feeling better already.

Have a lovely weekend.


  1. I hear you! I steadfastly refuse to pay attention to political news until after the conventions, otherwise I burn out. I'm an independent and so may vote for either party, depending on the candidate. The Republicans are freaking me out with Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, people who are attention whores and celebrities, not public servants. But yes, this is America, and everyone gets to vote and almost anyone can run for president if they have the money to field a campaign. There are many costs of freedom, and tolerating the jokers and the fools is one of them. : )

  2. Yes, the Donald is out so you can relax. But so is Mike Huckabee.... :( I'm off to stick my head back in the sand.

    And since Jesus is coming back tomorrow it's all moot anyway, right?!?

  3. Haha. Don't worry, Trump decided not to run. There are actually some good candidates out there. Problem is, that no one good won the primaries last election, so voters had to choose the candidate they disliked the least. That is why it is so important to learn about the candidates now. People need to vote in the primaries so there will be a strong candidate running in the next election.


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